Joe Needoba is an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
His current research is focused on the influence of dams, pollution, and changing ocean conditions on the ecosystem health of the lower Columbia River and the Oregon/Washington coastal zone.
As part of the National Science Foundation Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, he participates in the implementation of a river-to-ocean underwater sensor network that provides real time, continuous monitoring of water quality in the Columbia River estuary.
Joe received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Before coming to OHSU he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, CA.